Urman Dictionary

pale lie

noun phrase

A specific type of white lie that sacrifices accuracy to enhance clarity by preserving all relevant information and simplifying irrelevant information to discourage distracting questions or explanations.

When Freyja told her friend Augustin about the funny conversation she’d read online, she told the pale lie that she’d read it in a forum thread - it was easier than explaining what 4chan was and why she’d been visiting it.